Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Hurt Locker (2008) R - 4 Stars

This movie really makes you feel what it's like to be in the middle of a war. One minute you can be doing routine missions and the next, dead. Based loosely on the journals of the first hand war experiences of Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker is an honest and scary look at what our young men and women are face daily in Afghanistan, and Iraq. Having watched a lot of movies about these Middle Eastern wars, they all share the imagery of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), deliberately set with only one purpose in mind; killing American soldiers and innocent Iraqi families. The photo I've selected below is about one of the scariest moments in this movie I've ever seen.

With only 38 days left in their tour of duty with Bravo Company, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty ), know just how dangerous their current job in Iraq is, dismantling bombs. There highly precision mission involves detecting and disarming Improvised Explosive Devices, or (IEDs). Having just lost a major part of their team of the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal(EOD),they're uneasy when the new replacement, Staff Sgt. William James(Jeremy Renner), takes seemingly unnecessary risks with their lives.

Nominated for 9 Oscar's, Awards include:

2009 - Austin Film Critics - Best Cinematography
2009 - Boston Society of Film Critics - Best Actor
2010 - Academy Award Winner - Best Picture
2010 - Academy Award Winner - Best Director
2010 - Academy Award Winner - Best Film Editing

Voltage Pictures, First Light, Kingsgate Films, FCEF, Summit Entertainment, LLC
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Producers: Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro, Mark Boal
I viewed 2/10

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